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Was President Trump being racist calling Senator Warren ‘Pocahontas’?

Screenshot from Bloomberg TV Markets and Finance's YouTube video: Trump Calls Warren 'Pocahontas' at Event With Navajo

Monday, President Trump, at an event to honor Native American Code Talkers, used one of his favorite insults to attack Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. As reported by CBS News, the president said, “You’re very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what. I like you. Because you are special.” His reference of Pocahontas goes back to the fact that Senator Warren has claimed in the past that she is part Cherokee, but that has never been proven by her. The president’s remarks led the Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye to issue a statement that said, according to CBS News, “In this day and age, all tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people. The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy.”

Begaye added, “As Native Americans, we are proud people who have taken care of this land long before there was the United States of America and we will continue to fight for this Nation.” The question is, though, was President Trump being racist?

Bloomberg TV showing President Trump calling Senator Warren “Pocahontas”:

The Issue

Was President Trump being racist? Was his use of the name Pocahontas a racial slur? Or, was he just making a joke to show Senator Warren has misrepresented her heritage?

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